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Libyan rivals agree on nationwide ceasefire

The two main rivals in conflict-ridden Libya have agreed on a nationwide ceasefire, except for the fight against terrorist groups, and will work on holding early presidential and parliamentary elections, according to a joint declaration. Prime Minister Fayez Serraj and Khalifa Haftar, the military commander based in the remote east of the vast country, made the announcement on Tuesday after talks hosted in Paris by French President Emmanuel macron. “We commit to a ceasefire and to refrain from any use of armed force for any purpose that does not strictly constitute counter-terrorism,” Serraj and Haftar said in a joint declaration.  More...

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Egypt jails scores for life over 2011 protests

An Egyptian criminal court on Tuesday sentenced 43 activists to life in prison in connection with violence in 2011 following the removal of former President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising, judicial sources said.  The defendants were charged with rioting, vandalism and attacking security forces during clashes with police and the army in Cairo in December 2011, in which at least 17 people were killed and almost 2,000 were wounded. The court also slapped the defendants more than 17 million Egyptian pounds ($948,661) combined for vandalising public property during the clashes. READ MORE: Egypt sentences 28 to death over top...

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Palestine envoy to UN: Al-Aqsa crisis at tipping point

The Palestinian envoy to the UN has told the Security Council that al-Aqsa Mosque compound crisis in East Jerusalem is at a tipping point, urging the council members to help protect Palestinians and their holy sites from Israel’s “reckless and destructive agenda”. Riyad Mansour warned in his speech to the Council on Tuesday that “the stoking of a religious conflict is rapidly unfolding as Israel persists its illegal actions in occupied East Jerusalem”. He accused Israel of “aggressive behaviour and provocative violation” of the historic status quo at the Muslim-administered al-Aqsa Mosque compound, referring to a brief closure of...

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Erdogan: Era of bowing to Western pressure is over

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the era of a submissive Turkey bowing to every Western demand is over. Erdogan’s comments came on Tuesday as top European Union officials held talks with Turkey’s foreign minister in Brussels. “The West wants Turkey to do, without question, whatever they want … I am sorry to say that Turkey no longer exists,” Erdogan said. Turkey has been mired in an escalating diplomatic row with Germany after the arrests last week of a group of human rights activists, including a German national, over terror-related charges. Earlier, a German-Turkish journalist was arrested for...

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Egypt: No compromise in dispute with Qatar

Egypt has said that the four Arab states would accept no compromise in their dispute with Qatar over allegations that Doha supports “terrorism”. Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, speaking after talks with warned the European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini in Brussels on Tuesday, said Qatar must accept in full the demands by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). “It is not an issue of compromise, we cannot compromise with any form of terrorism, we cannot compromise or enter into any form of negotiations,” Shoukry told a press conference. “It is only once the necessary measures are...

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